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The best non-fiction we enjoyed in 2018 - as recommended by Cazenove Capital colleagues from all parts of the business


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Are you looking for a mind-broadening and inspiring read at the start of 2019?

Here Cazenove Capital colleagues recommend the most memorable of the non-fiction books they enjoyed in 2018, irrespective of when they were published.

Freddie Lower, Portfolio Manager

The Crossway by Guy Stagg (2018)
This is the account of an extraordinary journey: a 5,500km pilgrimage on foot from Canterbury to Jerusalem during which the author, who has spent recent years battling depression, confronts his inner demons.

Lucinda Napier, Portfolio Director and Team Head, Charities

Red Notice: How I became Putin’s No.1 Enemy by Bill Browder (2015)
The author, well known in the world of finance, went from being one of Russia’s most influential foreign investors to one of Putin’s fiercest critics and a campaigner against Russia’s human rights violations. This is a real pageturner with an eye-opening account of Russian and world politics.

Paul Le Prevost, Client Documentation Specialist

The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating byAnthony Warner(2017)
The author is a chef by trade with a degree in biochemistry. Here he delivers a thoughtful debunking of food myths and nutritional fads.

Alex Tate, Portfolio Director

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by JohnCarreyrou (2018)
This is about Theranos, the bloodtesting company that promised the earth, raised billions and attracted huge names to its board. The technology never worked and this gripping book exposes every step of the fraud.

Jamie Sebire, Head of Operations and IT

How Google Works by Eric Schmidtand JonathanRosenberg (2015)
Eric Schmidt was Google’s Chief Executive from 2001 to 2011, key years in the evolution of this tech monolith. I’d love to read any nonfiction that matches this.

Leigh Middleton-Ross, Compliance Manager

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (2018)
This is the humorous diary of a junior doctor working across the UK in various NHS hospitals. It’s a read that left me with an even greater respect for those that work in the medical profession within the NHS.

Kate Rogers, Head of Policy, Cazenove Charities

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by the Dalai Lama andHoward Cutler (1998)
This book charts conversations between a psychologist and the Dalai Lama. I dip into it when I need a reminder that happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by what the world is throwing at one. Being happy isn’t down to luck – it’s something that can be cultivated.

Devina Majumder, Compliance Monitoring Officer

The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia by PeterHopkirk (2006)
A truly fascinating read about the East India Company and the then global superpowers’ battle for supremacy in Central Asia.

Kallum Marsden, Graduate Trainee

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis(2004)
How can you not be romantic about baseball? The book describes how Billy Beane, General Manager of Oakland Athletics, threw out the perceived expertise of baseball insiders and adopted a new statistics-based approach.

Jonathan Money, Portfolio Director and Team Manager

WTF? by Robert Peston (2017)
Whatever your views of Robert Peston, in his various roles as a financial and political commentator, this is an interesting observation on just how the UK ended up in its current mess.

Damian Robinson, Portfolio Director

1812: Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow by Adam Zamoyski (2004)
A hugely accomplished yet at times harrowing account of Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia, which led to colossal loss of life. One of European history’s most important and tragic events.

Laura Jekyll, Brand and Communications Manager

Who Says You Can’t? You Do by Daniel Chidiac (2018)
A frank book that explains the function of thought processes and helps you visualise your way out of bad habits. Unlike many self-help books it’s not overly earnest.

Hugo Studholme, Portfolio Director

Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism by CharlesClover (2016)
This delves back to the early 20th century origins of “Eurasianism”, a once obscure politico-geographical concept that has grown to be the ideology behind Putin’s push to make Russia great again. It often reads like a thriller as different factions struggle, sometimes violently, for mastery.

Ben Leppard, eServices and Intermediaries Support

Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall (2009)
Born to Run has made me completely re-think running. Christopher McDougall explains how it is not merely a form of exercise but an activity that has brought people together, enabled us to “outsmart our prey” and played a significant part in the evolution of the human species.


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